In the latest #BlessedIsShe, we meet Fiona Dorman, the Cathedral Education Support Assistant.
During Easter Week, there are Crafty Cathedral activities on Wednesday 4 April, as well as a Holiday Bonanza - a fun afternoon of Easter storytelling, music, games and craft. It is free, but ticketed, and you can contact Fiona on 0117 946 8175 from Tuesday.
In this centenary year of women's suffrage, we are celebrating the women who play important roles in the daily life of the Cathedral community.
Each Saturday of the year, we will be sharing a different story here and across our social media.
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What’s your connection with Bristol Cathedral?
I work in the education department supporting Frances Taylor with the schools work, and I also have responsibility for Cathedral Kids which is the children’s work that happens in the Cathedral on Sundays.
How long have you been associated with the Cathedral?
I started working here in June 2017.
What first drew you to Bristol Cathedral?
Having taught for 20 years in secondary schools I was drawn to cathedral education as a way of using my teaching skills in a non-school context working in an important place in the city.
Having taken many children on school trips I know the value of getting kids out of the classroom and into different spaces so I was delighted to be in a job that could facilitate that!
What have been some of your personal highlights?
My two highlights so far have been the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, in which I had the privilege of reading a Lesson and enjoying the amazing choral music.
The other was the recent education days around Candlemas. We had over 250 children in the Cathedral over two days, doing workshops and activities, looking at the story of Candlemas, and thinking about light.
It was a fantastic two days full of creativity, fun and learning.
What would you like to see the Cathedral doing over the next few years?
I would love to see more children in our building learning about the history of the Cathedral, its significance in the community, and the important days that shape the liturgical year.
What does the Cathedral mean for you?
The Cathedral is a place of work and worship which is unique. I love seeing the awe on children’s faces as they walk into the building for the first time.